Last updated on: 6/4/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

Jenny Backus Biography

Title:
Former Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the US Department of Health and Human Services
Position:
Pro to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“We are gratified by the response we have seen from the states regarding this important provision of the Affordable Care Act and look forward to working together to provide people who have been denied coverage for so long, access to some much needed relief through the creation of temporary high-risk pools. Whether states create these pools or the federal government creates them for states, the pools will be paid for by 100 percent federal dollars and most importantly — uninsured people around the country will soon have access to another affordable coverage option.

We value the input of our state partners and are heartened by the strong show of support we have seen already for getting the critical benefits of the Affordable Care Act to the American people as quickly as possible. This is a very state-friendly law that is designed to give states the resources and flexibility they need to implement its provisions.

We will work closely with the states in the coming weeks and months to help their residents – who have been denied coverage for too long – to finally have affordable options.”

“Statement From HHS Acting Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Jenny Backus on High-Risk Pool Program,” www.hhs.gov, Apr. 30, 2010

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Policy Advisor and Head of Strategic Outreach & Engagement, Google, June 2012-present
  • President and CEO, Backus Consulting LLC, 2002-2012
  • Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Jan. 2009-2011
  • Principal Deputy for Strategy and Planning, US Department of Health and Human Services, Jan. 2009-2011
  • Political operative, Backus Consulting, LLC, Jan. 2003-Jan. 2009
  • Senior Advisor, Barack Obama 2008 presidential campaign, June 2008-Nov. 2008
  • Communications Director, Democratic Congressional Compaign Committee (DCCC), 2001-2003
  • Press Secretary, Democratic National Committee (DNC), 1999-2001
  • Communications Director, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), 1995-1999
Education:
  • AB, English, Brown University, 1990
  • Graduate, Brattleboro Union High School (Brattleboro, VT)
Other:
  • None found
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